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                                                                                      NATASZA KOSAKOWSKA-BEREZECKA


dr hab Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka works as an Associate Professor and head in the Division of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Psychology of Gender at the University of Gdańsk (Poland). Her main area of research and practice is cross-cultural psychology of gender and her special interests are social change and cultural cues fostering gender equality within societies across the world. Currently she is a PI in Towards Gender Harmony project, in which over 150 collaborators in 62 countries are testing the contemporary understanding of masculinity and femininity (  
She also applies her academic expertise into practitioners' work as diversity & inclusion trainer. She lectures at Polish universities but also abroad (Arctic University of Norway, Tromso; Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge; University of Brunel, Uxbridge, London; Universidad de Granada; Spain; Delhi University, India).
She is an active member and Regional Representative for Europe of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) and an active member of European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). Currently she is an active member of the organizing team of IACCP Culture & Psychology Summer School.
As diversity expert she also co-authored the Integrative Model for Migrants for City of Gdańsk:


Selected recent publications:

  • Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Bosson, J. K., Jurek, P., Best, D. L., Besta, T., … Žukauskienė, R. (2022). Gendered self-views across 62 countries: A test of competing models. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

  • Vandello, J. A., Wilkerson, M., Bosson, J. K., Wiernik, B., & Kosakowska-Berezecka, N. (2022). Precarious manhood and men’s physical health around the world. Psychology of Men & Masculinities. 24(1), 1–15.

  • Bosson, J. K., Wilkerson, M., Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Jurek, P., & Olech, M. (2022). Harder won and easier lost? Testing the double standard in gender rules in 62 countries. Sex Roles, 87, 1–19 (2022).

  • Bosson, J. K., Jurek, P., Vandello, J. A., Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Olech, M., Besta, T., Bender, M., Hoorens, V., Becker, M., Timur Sevincer, A., Best, D. L., Safdar, S., Włodarczyk, A., Zawisza, M., Żadkowska, M., Abuhamdeh, S., Badu Agyemang, C., Akbaş, G., Albayrak-Aydemir, N., … Žukauskienė, R. (2021). Psychometric Properties and Correlates of Precarious Manhood Beliefs in 62 Nations. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 52(3), 231–258.

  • Valved, T., Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Besta, T., & Martiny, S. E. (2021). Gender belief systems through the lens of culture—Differences in precarious manhood beliefs and reactions to masculinity threat in Poland and Norway. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 22(2), 265–276.

  • Kosakowska‐Berezecka, N, Besta, T, Bosson, JK, et al. (2020). Country‐level and individual‐level predictors of men's support for gender equality in 42 countries. Eur J Soc Psychol. 1276– 1291.

  • Vescio, T. & Kosakowska-Berezecka, N. (2020). The not so subtle and status quo maintaining nature of every day Sexism. In: F. Cheung & D. Halpern (Eds.), Cambridge International Handbook on   Psychology of Women.

  • Besta, T., Kosakowska-Berezecka, N. (2017). Między grupami. Przewodnik po relacjach z ludźmi, którzy się od nas różnią [Between groups. Practical guide on how to build relations with people who are different from us]. Smak Słowa.

  • Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Żadkowska, M., Gajewska, M., Wroczyńska, A., Znaniecka, M. (2016). On course on work-life balance. Manual for Trainers. University of Gdansk Publishing.

  • Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Besta, T. Adamska, K., Jaśkiewicz, M., Jurek, P. Vandello, J.A., (2016). If My Masculinity is Threatened I Won’t Support Gender Equality? The Role of Agentic Self-Stereotyping in Restoration of Manhood and Perception of Gender Relations. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. 

  • Safdar, S., Kosakowska-Berezecka, N. (Eds.) (2015). Psychology of gender through the lens of culture: theories and applications. Springer.

  • Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., & Besta, T. (2013). Cultural sensitivity and intergroup conflicts – how to be culturally intelligent and nip the conflict in the bud? In: S. Mrozowska, T. Besta & A. Zgrundo (eds.), Educational challenges in the cultural space of European Union. Gdańsk:  Wydawnictwo UG.

  • N. Kosakowska-Berezecka, A. Chybicka, P. Pawlicka (Eds.). (2012) Podróże między kobiecością a męskością. Kraków: Oficyna Wydawnicza Impuls. (Eng. When women and men lose in the eyes of others – on social punishments for counterstereotypical behaviour).

  • Chybicka, A., Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Petrus, P. (2010), Wielokulturowość w organizacji – wyzwania dla zarządzania, W: A.M. Zawadzka (red). Psychologia zarządzania w organizacji, Warszawa, Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 41-74.


Areas of expertise:

  • Gender Identities

  • Identity Threat

  • Gender Stereotypes

  • Diversity & Inclusion

  • Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • Collective actions to support equality

  • Migration


Work experience:

2019- present

Associate Professor & Head in Division of Cross-Cultural and Gender Psychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Gdańsk

2008 – 2019 

Assistant Professor in Division of Cross-Cultural and Gender Psychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Gdańsk

Coordinator of 2-year cross-cultural/gender psychology MA program for students. 

2017/2018 – co-organizer of IACCP Culture & Psychology Summer School


Lecturer & Researcher in Division of Cross-Cultural and Gender Psychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Gdańsk


Freelance trainer and consultant, Polish Mediation Center mediator



2019: habilitation, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Gdańsk.

2004-2008: PhD, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Gdańsk.

1998-2003: MA, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Psychology, University of Gdańsk.

2003:  School for Social Skills Trainers, TROP

2005: Summer School, Mediation and other methods to foster democratic dialogue, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


Project management (selected):

Principal Investigator:

2022-2025: MASCULINITY NAVIGATOR – unpacking the relationship between masculine roles, well-being, and gender equality (EQUAMAN), financed by OPUS 21 grant from the National Science Centre in Poland (2021/41/B/HS6/00617)

2018-2021: Towards Gender Harmony, NCN HARMONIA, nr UMO-2017/26/M/HS6/00360, partnerzy: Jennifer Bosson (University of South Florida, USA) (main collaborator); Saba Safdar (University of Guelph, Canada), Joseph Vandello (University of South Florida, USA) (main collaborator), Anna Wlodarczyk (Universidad Catolica del Norte), Magdalena Zawisza (Anglia Ruskin University, UK)  (637.000 PLN),

2017: Cross-national gender research: What comparisons of different cultural contexts can tell us about gender and gender roles” (GENCUL), Polish-Norwegian Research Grant, FWD/71/2017, partners: dr Sarah Martiny, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromso, Norwegia  (19355,85 PLN)

2013-2016 – Norway Grants, Core Call 2012 -  Socio-Cultural and Psychological Predictors of Work-Life Balance And Gender Equality: CrossCultural Comparison of Polish And Norwegian Families. No PolNor/202343/62/2013 (2900000 PLN)


2021-2025: MINDtheGEPS - Modifying institutions by developing the gender equality plans, G.A NO 101006543, Horyzont 2020 (296 274 125   EUR), leader: National Research Council, Italy,

2020-2022: ResBios, GA 872146, Horyzont 2020, 1 500 000  EUR, leader:  University of Rome Tor Vergata (IT) ResBios will embed Responsible Research and Innovation-RRI- practices within four universities and research institutions in the field of Biosciences in 4 European countries, through the implementation of RRI Grounding Actions, to achieve sustainable institutional changes - we are in the process of implementing these actions and publications will follow.

2020: Will COVID-19 increase educational inequalities? University of Sussex, University of Lueven (KUL), University of Gdańsk

2019: Understanding Communal Orientation in Men - international consortium:

2019-2020: Bridge of Data. Multidisciplinary Open Knowledge Transfer System - stage II: Open Research Data’ project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program Digital Poland 2014-2020. Goal of the project: Digitally providing public sector information from administrative and science resources

2016 – 2020: Gender equality in Starbios 2 (Horizon 2020), from 2016, Structural Transformation to Attain, in collaboration with Università degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Oxford University – Medical Sciences Division,  Agrobioinstitute from Sofia, Univerza na Primorskem-Università del Litorale, Universität Bremen and Aarhus Universitet


Memberships of scientific associations:

Since 2006         International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (Executive Council member, Regional Representative for Europe)

Since 2010         European Association of Social Psychology

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